Lyon Fun Facts

What are the most Interesting Fun Facts About Lyon?

Paris is definitely the most famous French destination, but why not to visit Lyon, smaller and much calmer city, which is just a quick train ride apart from Paris. This city is pretty magical too and a perfect weekend destination.

Lyon is the capital of the region of Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, but also the capital of gastronomy, how foodies call it, there are 16 restaurants from the Michelin Guide. People also love visiting Lyon during the “Fête des lumières”, Festival of Lights, which is held every year in December.This Festival includes over 80 lighting scenes all across the city of Lyon. It’s time to start planning your visit to Lyon!

Hungry for more fun facts about Lyon? Keep reading!

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5 Lyon Fun Facts You Need to Know

#1 Lyon is part of the UNESCO’s World Heritage

In 1998 a UNESCO World Heritage Site was designated to ⁠the Historic Site of Lyon.

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#2 Lyon has the restaurant which is among the best restaurants over the longest period of time

The famous French chef Paul Bocuse has kept his 3 stars in the Michelin guide for now over 51 years, making his restaurant L’Auberge du Pont de Collonges the oldest best restaurant.

#3 Lyon was the birthplace of cinema

The Lumière Brothers created the motion picture in 1895 and without Lumière Brothers the film industry would not be what it is today. If you are interested in film you should visit the Institut Lumière in Montplaisir!

Did you know that interior design of our hotel in the Lyon City-Center was inspired by the Lumière brothers too?

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Photo by Louise Grenadine, MEININGER Hotel Lyon Centre Berthelot

#4 The Petit Prince’s father was born in Lyon

The Petit Prince book by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry is the 4th most translated book in the World. Beautiful illustrations were also drawn by Saint-Exupéry himself.

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#5 Lyon has 400 secret passageways

Have you heard about Traboules, the hidden passageways? There are around 400 traboules between buildings — let us know how many you find during your stay!

Lyon Fun Facts: FAQs

What is the historical significance of Lyon?

Founded by the Romans in 43 BC, Lyon played a crucial role in the political, cultural, and economic development of Europe throughout history. Its rich past has left a legacy of historic sites, many of which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

What unique architectural style is Lyon known for?

Lyon is famous for its "traboules," which are covered passageways that were originally used by silk workers to transport their goods. They're an iconic part of the city's architecture.

Is Lyon known for its culinary scene?

Absolutely! Lyon is often referred to as the gastronomic capital of France, and perhaps the world. The city is known for its "bouchons," traditional Lyonnaise restaurants serving local dishes and wines.

What is the Fête des Lumières?

The Fête des Lumières (Festival of Lights) is a major event in Lyon held annually in December. Buildings throughout the city are illuminated, creating a stunning light display that attracts millions of visitors.

What's the significance of the Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière in Lyon?

The Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière, located on Fourvière hill, is a symbol of Lyon. It offers stunning views of the city and is a popular tourist attraction.

Is Lyon home to any renowned museums?

Yes, Lyon boasts several prestigious museums. The Musée des Confluences, a science center and anthropology museum, and the Musée des Beaux-Arts, one of the largest art galleries in France, are among the most notable.

What role does Lyon play in the film industry?

Lyon is considered the birthplace of cinema. The Lumière brothers, who are credited with inventing the cinematograph, held their first film screening in Lyon in 1895. The city is home to the Institut Lumière, dedicated to cinema history.

Is Lyon known for any particular industries?

Historically, Lyon was an important area for silk production. Today, it's known for its industries in biotech, software development, video games, and is a significant banking and finance center.

What is the Presqu'île district in Lyon?

Presqu'île is the heart of Lyon, located between the Rhône and Saône rivers. It's known for its beautiful squares, shopping streets, and many of the city's top cultural attractions.

Are there any famous personalities associated with Lyon?

Several famous personalities hail from Lyon, including the pioneering Lumière brothers in cinema, renowned master chef Paul Bocuse, and silk weaver and inventor of the Jacquard loom, Joseph Marie Jacquard.

Looking for a family hotel in Lyon? Our hotel is located near the city center which gives our guests easy access to explore Lyon.

Visiting Lyon soon?

The most popular sights are easily accessible from the MEININGER Hotel Lyon Centre Berthelot with Lyon Perrache train station just 1.3 km away and Part Dieu train station only 2.3 km. There are many of life's pleasures to experience including culture, shopping, food and sunsets by the river.

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